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Human Rights Observatory
Monday, October 12, 2020
Click to expand Image Protesters shout slogans during a rally demanding the abolition of the country's ban on abortions outside of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 11, 2019. © (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) South Korea’s government last week announced new draft legislation that would permit abortion up until 14 weeks and, in some circumstances, up to 24 weeks, but falls short of full decriminalization. The proposed law represents an important reform of South Korea’s restrictive abortion legislation, but an incomplete one. The bill as drafted would continue to deny… (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
Hopes that a new president may reverse a repressive course in Burundi seem increasingly misplaced.  Click to expand Image Fabien Banciryanino. © Private The Burundian judicial authorities’ decision to prosecute a former independent member of parliament – who is known for being an outspoken defender of human rights  – is the latest in a series of worrying signs. Fabien Banciryanino, who represented Bubanza province before this year’s elections, is facing charges of threatening state security, slander, and rebellion. On October 2, a local administrative official and a dozen policemen… (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation into yesterday’s murder of a Bangladeshi newspaper reporter whose coverage of criminal activity in an industrial area south of the capital, Dhaka, had led to the arrest of two local gang leaders. His crime must not go unpunished, RSF said.After passers-by found him lying in a pool of blood at around 8:15 pm yesterday in Bandar, a municipality that is part of Narayanganj district, Iliyas Hossain was taken to a nearby (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) says the right to information should prevail in the case of a Swedish documentary filmmaker charged with “violating a burial site” for filming the underwater wreck of a ferry containing the remains of hundreds of people who died when it sank in 1994.Henrik Evertsson, the co-director of a new documentary series entitled “Estonia: the Discovery that Changes Everything,” and a member of his crew, camera operator Lin (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
Click to expand Image Protesters gathered on Ala Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital on October 6, 2020, two days after a disputed parliamentary election. © 2020 Caroline Eden It has been a week since people in Kyrgyzstan took to the street to contest the outcome of Kyrgyzstan’s October 4 parliamentary elections. While protesters succeeded in pushing the Central Election Committee to annul the outcome of the elections, Kyrgyzstan was thrown into a political crisis that has put citizens’ fundamental human rights at risk. The political situation in Kyrgyzstan remains uncertain,… (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Hong Kong government to reverse its media accreditation policy that only acknowledges “internationally recognised” media and de facto excludes independent outlets and freelance journalists. In a (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
Click to expand Image Belkis, 15 years old, holds her one-year-old son in the house where she lives with her mother, two sisters, and one brother. Belkis was married when she was 13 years old to a man who threatened to commit suicide if the family didn’t agree to the marriage. After 14 months, her husband sent her home; he no longer financially supports her or the baby. Belkis fears her family’s home will be washed away by river erosion by the end of the year. March 30, 2015. © 2015 Omi for Human Rights Watch The world was making real progress toward ending child marriage – until the… (Full Story)
Monday, October 12, 2020
Click to expand Image Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting in Ankara, Turkey, February 29, 2012. © 2012 AP Photo/Umit Bektas, Pool (Berlin) – The Turkish government should halt plans to deport the Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova to Turkmenistan, where she will be at grave risk of arbitrary arrest and torture, a group of 11 human rights organizations said today. Turkish authorities should immediately release Taganova from custody. Turkey’s international partners should call on Ankara to uphold its international… (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Monday, October 12, 2020
Amnesty International has gathered new evidence of indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Rakhine State, amid serious escalations in the ongoing armed conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA). (Full Story)
Friday, October 9, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on all parties to guarantee a safe environment for media covering the post-electoral unrest in Kyrgyzstan, where several journalists ha (Full Story)
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